Peshawar, September 27
The provincial government in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has decided to purchase the ancestral houses of legendary Bollywood actors Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar to conserve the historic buildings, which are in bad shape and facing a demolition threat.
The Department of Archaeology in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has decided to allocate sufficient funds for purchasing the two buildings, which have been declared as the national heritage and lie in the heart of Peshawar city, an official said.
An official letter has been sent to the Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar to determine the cost of both historic buildings, said Dr Abdus Samad Khan, head of the department of archaeology. Raj Kapoor’s ancestral home, known as Kapoor Haveli, is situated in the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar. It was built between 1918 and 1922. Veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s over 100-year-old ancestral house is also located in the same locality. — PTI